Centre de la Propietat Forestal, Generalitat de Catalunya. Paper abstract bibtex
The production of valuable broadleaved species is an interesting alternative of great economic and environmental potential for many types of areas. The Catalan Forest Ownership Centre (CPF) and the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC) began in 2001 a line of research to study the potential of Catalonia for the production of quality wood, specially walnut and cherry. During this collaboration, 20 experimental plantations of these and other additional species were performed, in order to evaluate species adaptation, the adequation of innovative plantation techniques (i.e. biodegradable mulching) and modern experimental designs (mixed plantations, double rotation systems, etc), aiming at increasing the available knowledge about the potential of the use of these species and the optimization of low intensity management. In 2009 CTFC and CPF launched the cross-bordering EFA 93/08 project Valuable broadleaves for restoring and enhancing economic development of rural areas: innovation and technology transfer on sustainable plantation techniques (Pirinoble), together with the French institutions Institut pour le Dtveloppement Ruttier (IDF) and the Centre Regional de la Propjet' Forestiere (CRPF) of Midi-Pyr4m5es region. One of the outcomes of this project is the present book "Ecology and silviculture of the main valuable broadleaved species in the Pyrenean area and neighbouring regions": Hybrid and common walnut, Wild cherry, Ash, Sycamore, Norway maple and Field maple, Service and Wild service trees, Pear and Apple trees and Limes. Ibis work aims at introducing, in an applied manner, the main ecological requirements of these species, as well as to provide indications on the most adequate plantation techniques and designs in order to produce valuable timber. Likewise, it is intended to ease species choke as well as the design and management of plantations to a wide variety of managers.